3 Oct

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

We sure love it when DIY posts fall on Fridays around here. No waiting for the weekend to fit in crafting time. Annnd today’s post has not one, but two DIY tutorials! Floral designer Tara of Sweet Blossom Designs is sharing a floral crown and a cute flower girl purse. She tells us they’re fabulous for outdoor or garden-themed weddings, but any bride with a romantic, classic vibe would look just as sweet. The white flowers actually work beautifully for fall as they pop against autumn décor – and almost all of them are available year-round.

More from Tara + two DIY tutorials below. Thanks to Jessica Claire Photography for documenting each step!

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

I wanted the flowers to be romantic and subtle, yet still pop off the dresses. I wanted the flowers to be attention grabbing, but at the same time draw the attention to the beautiful bride and her bridesmaids and their surroundings.

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

The flowers used in this design are:

White Peonies (Bride), Patience White Garden Rose, White China Mums, Dahlias, Bells of Ireland, Italian Ruscus, White Astilbe, Veronica, Eucalyptus, Seeded Eucalyptus, and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus. Wax Flower, Scabiosa Pods & Green Dianthus Balls 

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

Click through to our DIY gallery for the full tutorial!

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

Now… Onto these darling flower girl purses.

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

Aren’t they adorable?! Find Tara’s tutorial here:

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

Thanks to Sweet Blossom Designs + Jessica Claire Photography for sharing these projects with us today!

Photographer: Jessica Claire Photography / Florals & Styling: Tara Wheaton of Sweet Blossom Designs / Flowers: Lily Enterprises / Moss Purse: Shinoda Design Center / Other Supplies: San Diego Floral Supply / Styling: Leila of Be Inspired PR / Brides dress: Kirstie Kelley / Bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan

 
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2 Oct

We’re so excited to share the launch of our first video class with Creative Bug today! A few months ago Jillian and Kristina took a trip up to San Francisco and filmed three fun classes with the amazing crew up there. The first two classes will be released this fall, starting our DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet class that is officially live this morning. Fist bumps all around!

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet video class with 100 Layer Cake, Shotgun Floral, and Creativebug | See more at 100layercake.com/blog

We enlisted the talents of one of our favorite bay area florists for the first two classes, Emily of Shotgun Floral Studio. She has such a lovely way with texture and color, and her weddings are always so gorgeous. We had to have her expertise on set!

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet video class with 100 Layer Cake, Shotgun Floral, and Creativebug | See more at 100layercake.com/blog

Aren’t those straw flowers divine? So perfect for this time of year as we leave summer behind and move into the magic of fall.

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet video class with 100 Layer Cake, Shotgun Floral, and Creativebug | See more at 100layercake.com/blog

We’re starting with the bouquet class but the boutonnieres are not far behind. Creativebug will be releasing these cuties in a few weeks too.

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet video class with 100 Layer Cake, Shotgun Floral, and Creativebug | See more at 100layercake.com/blog

You can pop over to our instructor profile on Creativebug if you like (and check out the rest of the talented instructors they work with too), or just jump right to our DIY Bridesmaid Bouquets class and get started. Even if you’re not making bouquets right this minute, the tips about color and texture and form would be so helpful in creating lovely floral arrangements for the upcoming fall and winter holidays. We’ll definitely be putting the skills Emily shared with us to good use this season!

If you’re not familiar with Creativebug yet, you really should be! They host hundreds of informative, creative, and inspiring video classes taught by expert crafts-people in every specialty. From sewing and knitting, to paper crafts, wedding ideas (duh!), and even holidays. It’s an amazing resource for anyone, like us, who loves getting their hands dirty in the very best way.

Happy making!

 
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2 Oct

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Maybe it’s the fact that the desert is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from us here in LA, but the Joshua Tree landscape just gets us every time. Same goes for Angela + Hillary. Their love of the desert + historic Pioneertown inspired a rustic-chic wedding with gemstones, cowboy boots, cacti, and eclectic pops of color.

Photographer Amelia Lyon captured everything and turned out to be the perfect fit for A + H, making them feel super-comfortable and at ease the entire time. Thanks to Amelia for sharing these!

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

The wedding was close to Pappy and Harriet’s, which both of them love for good music, BBQ, and whiskey. As for the venue, Rimrock Ranch offered a fabulous rustic-modern style, and could host the wedding party all weekend. Hillary says,There were quirky touches everywhere, like keys hanging from the tree, a cowboy plunge pool, vintage trucks, and a view for miles and miles.

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Two amaze updos right here!

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

They loaded up a U-Haul 3 days before the weekend and headed for the desert. Hillary explains:

We planned and sourced all our favorite alcohols and made fresh squeezed juices and simple syrups and even cubed our own ice when we got there for our signature cocktails (Angela is nutty for those perfectly square cubes). We chose special gemstones and had our wedding party attach them to escort cards. We brought pre-cut paper and string for guests to leave us well wishes in our homebrew growler. We created welcome bags for our guests and spent the first day in the desert delivering them to our guests’ vacation homes and hotel rooms. Our wonderful coordinators, Hello Gem, sourced table runners and napkins, came up with a brilliant table design, designed our invitations, signage, hand-painted our menu, and created a huge banner with our wedding logo, not to mention coordinated with all of our vendors to ease our stress and helped the day go smoothly.  

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

This landscape…Whoa.

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

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Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Desert arrangements complete with flowers, succulents, and cacti…

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

Joshua Tree wedding | Photo by Amelia Lyon | 100 Layer Cake

And an impossibly sweet video, c/o Grimace Films:

Some notes on planning…Two brides ending up being a good thing, since neither of us were bridezillas! Our advice to current engaged couples would be to take breaks from all the planning along the way. Take an entire week off at a time and remember to enjoy each other the whole way through, and remind yourselves why you chose to marry each other.

Congrats A + H!

For more of their wedding style, check out Angela’s Pinterest board.

Photographer: Amelia Lyon / Videographer: Graham Lovelis of Grimace Films / Venue: Rimrock Ranch, Pioneertown, CA / Event Coordinator & Florist: Hello Gem Events / Hair & Makeup: Nicole DeAnne / Invitation Designer: Hello Gem Events / Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Catering: Katherine King Catering / Rentals: Signature Rentals & Yeah! Rentals / Band: Lucky Devils Band / Shuttle Service: Cardiff Transportation / Angela’s Dress: Nightcap from Hawthorn at Padaro Beach, Carpinteria, CA / Boots: Frye / Hillary’s Jacket & Blouse: Theory / Pants: Zara / Shoes: Madewell / Gemstone Necklace: Hawthorn / Engagement Ring: Single Stone / Angela’s Engagement Ring & Both Wedding Rings: Sethi Couture

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